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Service-Oriented Architecture Compass: Business Value, Planning, and Enterprise Roadmap by Rawn Shah, Keith Jones, Marc Fiammante, Sanjay Bose, Norbert Bieberstein

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Chapter 1. Introducing SOA

 

“Once an organization loses its spirit of pioneering and rests on its early work, its progress stops.”

 
 --Thomas J. Watson, Sr.

The increasing pace of the evolution of business requirements and the need for increased revenues and cost optimization are leading corporate executives to deliberately align their IT organizations more closely with their business requirements. The main goal of this convergence is to develop more optimal and operationally integrated business processes that can be implemented by departments, business units, and business partner networks. Historically, this convergence process has been constrained because IT systems have not kept in step with business needs and because the IT infrastructure has ...

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